TRiO grant will help MCC students earn a four-year degree

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A five-year grant from the Federal TRiO Programs is designed to help 250 Metropolitan Community College students a year successfully graduate and go on to earn four-year degrees.

Student Support Services is one of eight TRiO initiatives to serve and assist first-generation college students, low-income students and individuals with disabilities. The TRiO grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Metropolitan Community College’s grant award is expected to be about $290,000 annually for the five years, which will target students enrolled at MCC-Penn Valley. MCC, which has received Student Support Services grants for five cycles (typically about five years each), calls the Penn Valley program Project Success.

The funds awarded to institutions of higher education provide selected students with academic advising, targeted skill development, career exploration, opportunities to tour and evaluate transfer institutions, and tutoring. MCC-Penn Valley provides space, resources and scholarship funds as well as other support for the program.

About 900 institutions across the country received TRiO SSS grants.

“This grant helps us uphold MCC’s mission to prepare students, serve communities and create opportunities,” MCC Chancellor Mark James said. “Thanks to TRiO funds, we are able to give students who need extra support a better chance to succeed.”

MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks said he’s grateful to everyone who worked on the grant application.

“Grants from the Department of Education are awarded to institutions whose programs have demonstrated best practices,” Seabrooks said. “That we were able to earn this grant again is very gratifying, and the best part is that MCC students are the winners.”

Anyone interested in learning more about Project Success at MCC-Penn Valley can call 816.604.4313 or visit the Student Development Center on the second floor of Campus Center. The program is accepting applications for the fall semester.